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Cove Mini Golf is CLOSED
for the Winter
See You in the Spring!

Mercury Marine Update

As a Certified Mercury Marine Dealer and Repair Center, Rex Marine offers, sales, service and genuine Mercury parts to make your boating painless and trouble free.  

Rex Yacht Sales
has long been known in NY & CT as the place to find, purchase and sell a boat. 

If you are looking to purchase a new, used or trade-in boat, or to sell the boat you own, please visit 
or give us a call at

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Sailors & Cruisers

Read this very informative article about lifelines, harnesses and rescue findings...

Like us on Facebook    Vol. 5.45

The Holiday Countdown is On...

What are you getting your boat ?? 

Stop by the Nautical Boutique at Cove
to Find Great Gifts!

Cove Ships Store Sale Items

RinseKit  SALE 

The revolutionary RinseKit is a portable pressurized shower/clean up system that's like having a hose to go!
Reg $ 89.95
NOW $ 69.95  (20% OFF) 
See the RinseKit  
video...    HERE


Weems & Plath and AM 
Clocks & Instruments
Now 20 % OFF

(limited to stock on hand)

Take an extra 
20% OFF Fins, Masks and Snorkels by HEAD


Rex Marine Gift Sale

Put a little Summer Fun under the tree
for the Boater on your list:
Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book... $14.95
Embassy Long Island Sound Cruising Guide
Special price... $34.95
Leatherman "Wave" pocket tool... $79.95
Standard HX290 handheld VHF... $119.95
(plus a $20.00 mail-in rebate)
Jensen MSR3012RTL Marine Stereo... $179.99
Lewmar Pro Sport 550 Windlass... $549.95
(good for 20-30 ft boats)
Lewmar V700 Windlass... $699.99
(good for 28-40 ft boats)
Mercury 3.5 Hp Four Stroke
Outboard... $949.99
Mercury 270 Sport 8"4"
Inflatable... $1399.95
If you can't decide,
remember that our
     Rex / Cove 
Gift Certificates
work for everyone!

Sail Storage, Service and Washing  

If you need Sail Pickup / Repair / Washing / Storage services, bring your sail(s) to the Cove Service Department.

They'll connect you with Neil Pryde, Quantum, Hathaway's or North Sails.      
See the SailNet Guide to sail care...  HERE
The North Sails Guide...  HERE
and from Neil Pryde... HERE
Navionics Introduces "A Unique Breakthrough" in Navigation Apps.
Navionics has introduced "Dock-to-Dock Autorouting" which quickly calculates a detailed route through narrow passages and channels in the Boating app on iPhones and iPads.  It uses chart data and navigation aids to determine a safe route from A to B.

Choose your destination by selecting a point of interest, entering a lat/long or by tapping on the map. Autorouting quickly calculates a detailed route. 

Navionics reminds you to remember "always keep in mind that a route automatically calculated by Autorouting does not replace safe navigation practices and should never be your only reference".    Amen to that!

See more info...  HERE

Read a review of the App... HERE 
Rex & Cove are your 
Winterizing Headquarters 
Everything you need - From A to Z 
(Antifreeze to Zincs) including:   
  • Fuel and Oil Filters
  • Tarps
  • Pink Stuff (antifreeze)
  • Fuel Stabilizer
  • Engine Fogger
  • Spark Plugs
  • Engine Oil
  • Shrink Wrap Supplies
  • Bubbler Systems
  • Jack Stands
  • Gear Case Lube
  • Zincs
  • Outboard Muffs
  • Marine Sanitation Filters
You can never use too much "Pink Stuff"

Considering a Tablet for Navigation ?

If you are considering gifting (or getting) a tablet for marine navigation, the warnings of "Buyer Beware" are critically important.
It seems there are various types of GPS in tablets, and some GPS terms invented by the manufacturers that aren't quite kosher. That's because they are using the cell phone network for location assistance!
Traditional marine GPS units, including handheld units from Garmin, Magellan, Delorme, ACR and others, have real "talk only to the GPS satellite" GPS.  Another GPS designation "Assisted GPS" or "A-GPS" used by some tablet and phone manufacturers uses some satellite data but relies on triangulation (actually, multilateration) leaning heavily on the cellular network to complement the basic GPS functionality for increased speed and accuracy. The cellular aspect also helps when the satellites are blocked from view and allows faster initial booting. It also won't give you your location outside of cellular range!

A tablet with a "real" GPS chip will often also receive signals from the Russian GLONASS GPS system for added redundency.  Do your homework!   For android units, see the LG G-pad or the ASUS 16GB Z300C-A1 ZenPad. Be aware that many Windows and Apple tablets do not include GPS, where the less expensive Android tablets do (go figure).

For fun, on a flight to Florida last year, I fired up my LG 10" G-Pad and opened an app called "GPS Test Plus" (see screen shot), which displayed satellite signal strength, accuracy, speed and altitude (much to the flight attendant's dismay). I then opened the Navionics charting App and followed our course over the Chesapeake. A civilian military contractor sitting behind me looked on, showing me where the Nuclear Sub pens and ammo arsenals were along the coast... great fun !   

Read more... HERE    and....   HERE   
Things to Do, Events, Seminars and Courses 

THIS SATURDAY.....Safe Boating Course 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sea Scout Ship 6, along with the Norwalk Sail and Power Squadron is hosting "America's Boating Course" which emphasizes boating safety and earns successful students the credentials needed for the required CT Safe Boating Certificate. The class is suitable for ages 10-99 (under 13 should be accompanied by an adult). Makes a great gift for the aspiring boater. Class will be held at St. Philip Church in Norwalk. Sign up early to get your pre-read textbook.
$60 per person incl. textbook ($20 for a family member sharing a textbook in the same household).

For more info and to pre-register go to


City Island NY - Ship Building Exhibit 
Now through Dec. 20th at the City Island Nautical Museum
See the history of City Island's contribution to shipbuilding.

Info is... HERE 


Mystic Seaport Exhibit - Ships, Clocks and the Stars
Open through March 2016, the captivating exhibition is on tour from England for a limited time only. "Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude" tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude at sea. Spurred on by the promise of rich rewards, astronomers, philosophers, and artisans-including John Harrison and his innovative timekeepers-finally solved one of the greatest technical challenges of the 18th century. 

See more... HERE


Christmas at the Newport Mansions - Nov 21 - Jan 3

If you've never seen them... GO!  This season the Breakers, the Elms and Marble house will be decked out in yuletide finery

Get the info... HERE 
On a Final Note,